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How can I tell if cracks in the wall or floor are getting worse or staying the same?
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Cracks in a home, even small ones, are easy to obsess about. Where did that come from? Is it just minor settlement, seasonal expansion/contraction due to temperature or humidity, or something much worse? Probably just a garden-variety little crack and nothing to be concerned about. But, since a house is the your biggest investment, you worry.
A simple way to keep track of whether the crack is getting worse or not is to install a crack monitor over it. The device is also called a crack gauge and will verify both horizontal and vertical movement of a crack. You can buy one online for about $30.
After mounting over the crack with the red hairlines aligned in both directions, you can check occasionally for any signs of movement. Obviously, the homeowner that mounted the crack monitor in the photo above already knew there was a big problem and is using the device to check the progress of it.
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